Chris Brooks

Chris is a Wolastoqi elder, knowledge keeper and sweat lodge conductor from St. Mary’s First Nation, NB. He guides community members, youth, students and faculty to gain knowledges about experiential and outdoor education, Indigenous knowledge, and traditional Aboriginal spirituality and ceremony. He has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University and has presented at several national forums and conferences. He has worked as a Correctional Programs Officer, with Corrections Canada, to assess and analyze offender-related data as part of the Case Management Team (CMT) in order to evaluate the need for program participation to impact on risk factors for reintegration, and currently, he is engaged in the development of the Fredericton Friendship Centre. As a trainer for the Outward Bound Canada Leadership Development Program, Suicide Prevention Training (Correctional Service Canada) and the Aboriginal Offender Substance Program (ASOP) Training 2011 (Correctional Service Canada), Chris dedicates his time to ensuring young men and women have transformative opportunities for wellness. He currently holds the position of Vice President, Turning Leaf Foundation (John Howard Society Affiliate), and spends time assisting the University of New Brunswick by participating in, assisting with, and leading ceremonies on special occasions, and for conferences.